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Quickly thaw ground beef with this easy method! No microwaving, and ready to cook in about 20 minutes.
We’ve all been there – it’s dinnertime but you forgot to take the meat out of the freezer and your kids are begging for tacos. Never fear – I’m going to show you how to freeze and then quickly thaw ground beef – in under 20 minutes – with no microwaving!
One of the easiest and most cost effective proteins to cook with is ground beef. It’s budget friendly, freezes well whether it’s cooked or uncooked, and it cooks quickly.
Some of my favorite meals are made with ground beef, like Sheet Pan Meatloaf and Potatoes, Ground Beef Enchiladas, Ground Beef Tacos and Tamale Pie. But I don’t always plan ahead, as much as I wish I was one of those people.
Read on to learn how to thaw ground beef quickly, no microwave required.
I like to buy the bulk size packages of ground beef at Costco. For our family of five, we need about 1 1/2-2 pounds of ground beef for a meal.
I used to just cut the package into equal parts and wrap and freeze it in a big chunk. But it would take FOREVER to thaw, and forget it if you just decided on the way home that you were making tacos. There was just no time to thaw the meat and I hate thawing in the microwave.
So I started freezing my ground meat a little differently, and it’s made things much easier come dinnertime.
The best way to thaw ground beef is to place it in the fridge overnight. Sometimes you just don’t have the time, so you need a quicker method. Thawing in a bowl of water or under running water is a great alternative.
If you thawed your meat in the fridge, you can absolutely refreeze it. It’s only considered safe if the internal temperature of the meat stayed below 40℉.
I have lots of ground beef recipes here on the website, but these are some of the most popular: